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Iran's first domestically-built destroyer, Jamaran (file photo)

Iran's first domestically-built destroyer, Jamaran (file photo)

The Iranian Navy’s 23rd fleet has docked at Sudan Port (in northeastern Sudan) after patrolling the strategic Bab el-Mandeb Strait and successfully conducting its mission in the Red Sea. The fleet comprises the Jamaran destroyer and the logistical vessel Bushehr, the Navy’s public relations announced on Saturday. After arrival, the Iranian fleet’s commanders met with Sudanese officials and the top commanders of Sudan’s Navy. During the meeting, Sudanese top navy commander Abddulla al-Matri expressed happiness over the arrival of the Iranian fleet and called for the further expansion of the military ties between Iran and Sudan. Previously, the 22nd Iranian naval fleet, also composed of a destroyer and a logistical vessel, visited Port Sudan. Iran's Navy has been increasing its naval presence in international waters since last year. In addition, in line with international efforts to combat piracy, the Iranian Navy has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008 to protect vessels involved in maritime trade, especially ships and oil tankers owned or leased by Iran. The Islamic Republic has asserted that its overseas naval presence is meant to convey the message of peace and friendship to regional countries. ASH/HJL/AZ
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